June 18/19

Motor Sport News - - Where To Go This Season - JB

This is a bit­ter-sweet en­try onto the list thanks to the news that 2015 win­ner Nick Tandy – along with team-mates Nico Hulken­berg and Earl Bam­ber – won’t be able to hook up to de­fend their 2015 win in LMP1.

The crew of first-time win­ners has missed out thanks to Porsche’s drop to a two-car en­try.

De­spite our out­cry at the lack of the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons – in the top class at least – the event will still be one of the best of the year. Last year the fron­trun­ning en­tries from Audi, Toy­ota and Porsche all fin­ished the marathon event, a tes­ta­ment to the en­gi­neer­ing ge­nius be­hind LMP1.

The 84th run­ning of the event will in­crease from 56 to 58 cars, with one very in­trigu­ing en­try in par­tic­u­lar.

The new Ford GT – run by Amer­i­can team Chip Ganassi Rac­ing – will make its Le Mans de­but in the LMGTE class.

Al­though it isn’t quite the blank cheque op­er­a­tion of the 1960s, be cer­tain that no cor­ner will be cut on the mar­que’s re­turn, 50 years af­ter a Le Mans 1-2-3.

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